Stormwater Flooding- Sunday, May 17

Updated Monday, May 18 at 2:40pm

Many residents are experiencing flooding after yesterday’s significant rainfall. Please follow these steps to share critical information with our Engineering team.

  • Fill out this survey to provide critical information to the Village’s Engineering Department.
  • Contact the Engineering & Public Works by email at pubworks@wilmette.com or by phone at (847) 853-7500 during normal business hours or (847) 256-1200 after hours.

Updated Sunday, May 17 at 8:30pm

Due to pressure on the Village’s storm sewer system, there are manhole covers in various locations throughout the Village that are popping off. Please do not attempt to clear sewer grates or inlets due to this hazard and let the water recede on its own. Proceed with caution.

Updated Sunday, May 17 at 4:00pm
Northeast Illinois is forecast for heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening. Due to the significant rainfall this past Thursday and early Sunday morning, the ground is saturated and will not absorb much more rain. This situation is made worse by the fact that the regional sewer systems are already at or near capacity, thereby placing additional pressure on the Village’s sewer system. This combination can lead to basement back-ups and street flooding.

Here is some important information to protect your family and your home:

  • To report any overland or street flooding issues, please call (847) 853-7500 during normal business hours or (847) 256-1200 after hours.
  • Do not drive into standing water, since you cannot tell its depth and there may be hidden debris or hazards in the water.
  • If you have a sump pump, test it.  If you have a battery backup, perform a test on the battery.
  • Refrain from doing laundry, using dish washers and other activities that will direct more waste water into the sewer system
  • If your basement is prone to foundation seepage or flooding, consider moving belongings and valuables off the basement floor in areas where seepage or other water penetration is known to occur.
If you experience water in your basement, please click this link to complete a survey which will help provide valuable feedback to the engineering team as we continue to evaluate the performance of the Village’s sewer systems or email us at pubworks@wilmette.com.
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